The Yin and Yang of Kiln Forming

The Yin and Yang of Kiln Forming

January 12 - 17, 2015
Kiln Working
One-Week Session

Glass contains opposing descriptive properties, such as being both liquid and solid. As such, it is a suitable material for considering beauty as a quality that results from opposite characteristics, the basic concept of yin and yang. According to Asian philosophy, two opposing, but complementary, forces—like male/female, black/white—are supposed to coexist in everything. This class will experiment with kiln-forming techniques such as fusing, slumping, and casting in various positive and negative forms, seeking the harmony of yin and yang. You will learn a variety of ways to produce prototypes with clay and silicone, and develop mold-making processes. You will also experiment with different types of glass, learn how to fire kilns, and utilize cold-working techniques. No glassworking experience is required. 


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Ki-Ra Kim

Ki-Ra Kim was instrumental in introducing the Studio Glass movement to Korea. She holds B.F.A. and M.A.E degrees in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a professor in...